New Army doctrine likely in two-front war with China, Pak

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 21:39

New Delhi: Army`s military doctrine of five
years is undergoing a makeover to include scenarios such as a
two-front simultaneous war with both China and Pakistan.

The new doctrine, which is reviewed every five years at
the Army`s Shimla-based Training Command, is also expected to
spell out tactics and means to fight asymmetric,
fourth-generation warfare waged by both state and non-state
actors such as terror attacks and proxy wars.

That apart, it would also look at ways to enhance the
strategic reach of the Army and joint operations with the Navy
and the Air Force.

For the purpose, the Army held a day-long closed door
seminar in the Capital this week in which think-tanks and
strategic experts brainstormed on the issues concerning the
armed forces in general and the Army in particular, Army
officers said today.

The Training Command has already begun reworking on the
doctrine to include the new developments in the different
areas of warfare and to reflect on the new threat perceptions
and security challenges, officers said.

"The review is going on, but the document is not yet
finalised. The review is mandated every five years," officers
said.

Apart from analysing military strategies and doctrines of
China and Pakistan, the Army is also picking out lessons
relevant for India from US` and NATO`s Operation Enduring
Freedom in Afghanistan launched in 2001 and Operation Iraqi
Freedom in 2003, they added.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 21:39

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